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Review: “Mellow” Is a Calming Slice of Japanese Life With Flowers and Ramen

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Japanese director Rikiya Imaizumi's personal drama “Mellow” is a soothing break from heavy-hitting fare.

The 11 Best Japanese Movies of 2019

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Cinema Escapist reveals the top Japanese movies of 2019, across genres like romance, anime, sci-fi, action, drama, and more.

Review: “Neko Cafe” Caters to Cat Lovers, With Bland Results

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Slice-of-life Japanese movie “Neko Cafe” is a fur-gettable feline feature.

Review: “Promare” Challenges Animation’s Constraints Through A World On Fire

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Studio Trigger’s theatrical debut is equal parts a visual marvel and a boisterous shout for the West to catch up with Japanese animation.

Review: Takashi Miike’s “First Love” Is More Violent Than Romantic

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The Japanese auteur builds on his signature theme of cartoonishly bloody action movies but eschews sympathetic characters and drama.

Review: “Carole & Tuesday” Is Shinichiro Watanabe’s Latest Musing on Music, Youth, and AI

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“Carole & Tuesday” is a visual spectacle that explores the role of AI in our future underneath its underdog tale of passion and song.

Review: “Weathering With You” Is a Giant Allegory for Climate Change

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Makoto Shinkai delivers a touching love story with dire warnings for humanity's future.

7 Space Movies From Around the World

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America isn't the only country that makes space exploration movies—here are seven movies that'll help you learn about other countries' space aspirations.

Review: “After the Rain” Straddles the Line Between Friendship and Romance

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“After the Rain” shows is that even if a romance is never meant to be, it can still change us in profound ways.

Review: “Hyper HardBoiled Gourmet Report” Is Japan’s Gonzo Answer to “Parts Unknown”

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Streaming on Netflix, this Japanese food show contains a fascinating blend of gonzo journalism and Terrace House-esque calm.

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